Top 10 Things to Do in Osaka


Osaka, a city located almost in the center of Honshu of Japan, has always been the second capital of Japan. Osaka has always carried the heavy responsibility of cultural and economic exchanges in Japan. What to do in Osaka if you travel to Osaka? There are top 10 best recommended things to do in Osaka.


Osaka map

There is Osaka Castle Park in Osaka, which is a good place to enjoy cherry blossoms in the spring. In Umeda, the northern gate of Osaka, there are many large underground streets, with street shops, popular merchandise stores and grocery stores. The area around Umeda is called "North". The area around Namba and Dotonbori is called "South". Namba is a bustling neighborhood full of civilian atmosphere. Dotonbori is an area dotted with a variety of restaurants. South is a famous entertainment district, where many theatres and cinemas are concentrated for recreation. Osaka is the most famous "food haven" in Japan. The dazzling cuisine has added a lot of popularity to Osaka, which has a strong atmosphere.


1、Best things to do in Osaka - Watch traditional art performances in Osaka

Osaka-style kabuki

Osaka has its own culture and style, and the traditional performing arts such as the popular Noh, the music show, and the Osaka-style kabuki can make you feel the style of Osaka. If you are interested in traditional art performances in Osaka, you can’t miss it.

Where to visit: Nanba Grand Kagetsu, National Bunraku Theater


2、Best things to do in Osaka - Do tour on the water


There are many kinds of water upstream projects in Osaka. Visitors can choose different projects according to their own preferences. It is a good choice to take a boat ride if you are tired of shopping. Take a boat ride, you can look at the scenery of Osaka along the way. If you are lucky, you can see the famous “yellow duck”(a boat) on the water.

Where to visit: Dotonbori water sightseeing boat, Osaka DUCK TOUR


3、Best things to do in Osaka - Go to Kuromon Market to eat Osaka cuisine

Kuromon Market

If you want to eat Osaka food, you have to go to Kuromon Market, known as Osaka's kitchen. There are a variety of street foods here. When it comes to Osaka cuisine, the first thing that comes to mind is the Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki.


4、Best things to do in Osaka - Go shopping at Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

If you travel to Osaka, you must go shopping. Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street is a good place for shopping. There are also a variety of shops, such as drugstores, vintage shops, cheese shops, chain clothing stores, etc.. If you don’t go to this street for shopping, it’s a great pity.


5、Best things to do in Osaka - Go to a special concert

Kyocera Dome Osaka

As the cultural center of Kansai, Osaka has a variety of events every year. More and more tourists come to Japan to watch the performances of their favorite artists. The special concerts in Osaka are very interesting, and generally more concerts will be added during the tourist season. The concerts will be basically started at 5 o'clock in the afternoon and were opened by unknown artists. So during this time you can choose to buy some snacks around. When your favorite artists perform, you can enjoy it.

Where to visit: Kyocera Dome Osaka - It is one of the most popular venues of performance in Osaka and hosts a variety of performances.


6、Best things to do in Osaka - Cherry blossom viewing

Osaka Castle Park

In the spring, from the end of March to the middle of April, the cherry blossoms in Osaka are also blooming, which is the most popular and most lively time for travelers. The cherry blossoms of the Mint Museum rank No.1 in Osaka. It is only opened for a week when the cherry blossoms in mid-April every year. Osaka Castle Park are also famous place to see cherry blossoms. Of course, in Osaka, which is known as the water city, it is recommended to take a river cruise to enjoy the cherry blossoms. You can also make a course to enjoy cherry blossoms according to your own itinerary and preferences.

Where to visit:

  • a. Mint Museum – It is one of the most famous places for cherry blossoms in Osaka.
  • b. Osaka Castle Park – Osaka Castle Park with a long history was built in 1586. In the park, you can overlook the entire city of Osaka.


7、Best things to do in Osaka - Go to Universal Studios Japan to play

Universal Studios Japan

If there are children, you can go to Universal Studios Japan. It is a paradise for both children and adults. Universal Studios Osaka regularly offers a number of limited activities. In the Universal Studios Japan, there are a lot of entertainment activities that you can play. If you don't like exciting games, you can also visit the featured shops, such as the Duke of Honey in the World of Harry Potter.


8、Best things to do in Osaka - Do hot springs in Osaka

Spa Suminoe

Osaka, which is impressed by the strong metropolis, is surrounded by lush mountains and has a natural and comfortable hot spring resort just a little closer to the suburbs. It is full of the charm of hot springs that is completely different from the usual cityscape. Do hot springs is a thing that you can’t miss in Osaka.

Where to visit: Spa World Hotel, Spa Suminoe, Ten-nen Onsen Naniwa no Yu


9、Best things to do in Osaka - Watch Sumo Tournament in Osaka

Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium

When it comes to sumo wrestling, the first word that comes to mind is Japan. Sumo is a Japan's most eye-catching sport. The national sumo wrestling competition held in Osaka every year is a very popular tourist project. Even if you are a person who doesn't like sports, it's a good idea to watch the sumo tournament to experience the excitement of the sumo game.

Where to visit: Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium


10、Best things to do in Osaka - Wear kimono in Osaka

Wear kimono

To count the first thing you must do in Kansai, you must wear a kimono. Wearing a kimono, you can enjoy a visit to the ancient city of Osaka in Kansai. In the summer, wearing a kimono to participate the summer festival, watching the fireworks are absolutely unforgettable feelings and experience in Osaka!

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